December 12th, 2018

xmas cats

Cookie of the Day

Currant Drops

"Anna's Plop Cookies"

Our daughter, Anna, helped me develop this recipe when she was eight years old. It was during a time when her brother, Zach, was having a lot of food-related problems and we were severely restricting our use of artificial flavors and colors and refined sugars and flours.
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup honey
1 egg
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 cup dried currants
Cream together shortening and honey. Add egg and beat. Add flour and spices. Stir in almonds and currants.

Drop from teaspoon 2” apart on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Cookies will be very soft when taken out; wait until cooled to remove from sheet.

Makes 40 cookies.

A Venturing Christmas memory

It wasn't particularly at Christmas time, if I recall correctly, but this memory is connected to Christmas for me.

It was some time c. 2004 or so. Several of us from Venturing Crew 699 were in the kitchen at Tanner Valley UMC working on something or other. (Like all my Scout and church groups, we tended to cook a lot.) I remember four of us there: myself, Zach, Nikki, and Hannah. Zach and I were talking about reindeer (why, I don't remember). Nikki was listening in, part of the conversation. Hannah stood there with growing disbelief on her face. Suddenly, Hannah -- a very bright youth about 15 years old -- blurted out, emphatically:

"You mean reindeer are REAL?!"

We all stood in stunned silence for a moment. Then I said, "Yeah, you know . . .Rangifer tarandus . . . caribou?"

At this point, a flabbergasted Hannah confessed that she had always thought reindeer were just made up, like unicorns -- part of the Santa Claus story.

Spreading enlightenment. With a trowel. It's what we do.